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01-09-2017 07:51 PM

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I’m currently building a solid walnut dining table the top measures 86×42x1.5. I plan on having the 4 legs not on the corners but tucked under the table (of supported with a base structure). My question is what is the normal from edge of table to outer edge of leg for both the sides and end for knee bumping and stability of the table.

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#1 posted 01-09-2017 11:50 PM

Can I suggest this book as a good source for answers to your type of question?

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#2 posted 01-10-2017 12:20 AM

Vette, I have a commercially made oval table with the legs 3” in from the sides and 4” in from the ends. I have made tables with the legs in that range and nobody has complained, at least to me. You have some flexibility with your table because of its size and weight. Normally you want 2’ or so per chair, so you can easily get 1 chair on each end and 3 on each side. FWIW

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#3 posted 01-13-2017 04:56 AM

Thanks Mark, i ordered the book you suggested


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#4 posted 01-14-2017 02:35 AM

Mission/Arts & Crafts dining tables tend to have longer overhangs on the ends to showcase the breadboard ends. I actually sat down in a chair and measured my gut to toe clearance to determine the overhang for my ends. Because you’re using substantial lumber, you won’t have any strength issues within the aesthetic you choose.

One of the reasons the aprons are inset from the edges of the table is to create a shadow line which adds visual interest. Trying to create a floating top look is one end of the spectrum, the other is making sure the legs are wide enough apart to eliminate and sideways tipping factor (think sofa/hall table that is too narrow).

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